Tiger girls retain Valders Invite title

VALDERS – Howards Grove’s girls cross country team won the Valders Invitational Division II championship for an impressive fifth straight year Thursday afternoon.

The Tigers scored an outstanding 24 points – placing its first five runners in the top-11 overall. Reedsville was second with 53. The meet included six schools, four of which had complete teams.

Leading the way for HGHS was sophomore Ashley Reinemann who earned second in 21 minutes, 50 seconds over 3.1 miles. Senior Morgan Edge took third for HGHS in 22:18.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters placed fourth with 88 and were paced by Jessica Mehre who finished ninth in 23:04.

The winner was Faith Lubner of Reedsville with a 21:20 effort.

Senior Eric Dvorachek of HGHS was the winner in the boys D-II meet with a 17:11 clocking on the 3.1-mile course. Elkhart’s top finisher was Caterson Schamberger who captured 15th in 20:25.

Reedsville cruised to the title with 31 points, followed by Oostburg at 70 and HGHS, 71. Elkhart had an incomplete squad.

“Those familiar with the Valders course know about the infamous hill. Tiger runners not only conquered the hill but also all of the [girls] competition,” said Tiger head coach Gary Kalk.

“Two Tiger men and all seven Howards Grove ladies earned meet medalist honors. A true feat, since only the top-15 finishers are bestowed this honor.

“Additionally, five Tiger athletes had personal-best performances,” said Kalk.



1. Eric Dvorachek, 17:211; 13. Eric Bruckschen, 20:02; 19. Fred Meyer, 21:01; 20. Reed Trueblood, 21:04; 21. Arthur Meyer, 21:09.


2. Ashley Reinemann, 21:50; 3. Morgan Edge, 22:18; 4. Noelle Eschen, 22:19; 5. Katie Guse, 22:20; 11. Kara Bell, 23:21.



15. Caterson Schamberger, 20:25; 30. Franky Perko, 23:08.

Girls Place-winners

9. Jessica Mehre, 23:19; 14. Shannon Resser, 24:03; 26. Summer Henschel, 26:11; 30. Erica Heinig, 27:47; 32. Sydney Shovan, 30:05.

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